Prophecy News Watch - July 24, 2015

Around the World
Turkey Opens Key Air Bases for US Strikes On ISIS
Turkey will open up Incirlik Air Force Base, about 250 miles from the Syrian city of Raqqa, to U.S. and coalition strike operations against the Islamic State, or ISIS, Pentagon and Obama administration officials confirmed. The move puts anti-ISIS aircraft, which had been flying some 1,200 miles to strike enemy positions, much closer to the various battlegrounds, including Raqqa, the effective capital of the Islamic State in Syria.
Iran preparing to enter WTO, set up preferential trade with EU
Iran wants to join the World Trade Organization after putting the final signatures on a nuclear deal with the six world powers. Tehran is also interested in a preferential trade deal with the EU, says Industry Minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh.
White House in 'final stages' of plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison
The White House announced on Wednesday that it is finalizing a plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.
Capital exodus from China reaches $800bn as crisis deepens
China is engineering yet another mini-boom. Credit is picking up again. The Communist Party has helpfully outlawed falling equity prices.
Iran Vows to Buy Weapons Anytime, Anywhere
A senior Iranian official who led the negotiations with world powers that led to the recent nuclear deal said that the Islamic Republic will continue to import and export arms freely across the globe without restriction, according to recent comments flagged by the CIA's Open Source Center.
EU's foreign policy chief Mogherini heads to Tehran
The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini plans to travel to Tehran on Tuesday following the West's nuclear deal with Iran, after going to Saudi Arabia on her first official visit to the two regional powers.
Moscow Could Be Prepping for Space War With Aggressive New Satellites
The Kremlin says its nimble new satellites are just for communications. But they look -- and act -- an awful lot like prototype weapons.
Why is Pope Francis so obsessed with the devil?
Pope Francis seems to be obsessed with the devil. His tweets and homilies about the devil, Satan, the Accuser, the Evil One, the Father of Lies, the Ancient Serpent, the Tempter, the Seducer, the Great Dragon, the Enemy and just plain 'demon' are now legion.
The Uphill Battle To Saving ISIS' Child Soldiers
With no end to the conflict in sight, observers fear there is little way to help the child recruits ISIS uses as soldiers and for all manner of brutality.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel fears 'major escalation' by Iran-backed terror groups after deal
Israel anticipates a 'major escalation' of Iranian-backed terror attacks on its borders as a direct result of the nuclear agreement the US and five additional world powers struck with Tehran, Foreign Ministry's director-general Dore Gold said Wednesday evening.
EU rejects report: No plans to boycott Israeli banks
The European Union is not planning to impose sanctions on Israeli banks, a senior EU official said Wednesday, hours after an EU think tank released a report recommending such a course of action.
Israel, Hamas strange bedfellows when it comes to reining in ISIS in Gaza
Bitter enemies Israel and Hamas finally agree on something: If the growing presence of ISIS within Gaza is not contained, the terrorist group could touch off a repeat of the 50-day war that devastated the Palestinian territory last summer.
Netanyahu struggles to govern with narrow majority
When Benjamin Netanyahu called early elections last year, he said his unwieldy coalition was untenable and that Israel needed a more stable government to carry out vital reforms.
Israel provided Jordan helicopters for Syria, Iraq border security
Israel has given retired US-supplied Cobra combat helicopters to Jordan to help the Hashemite kingdom fend off insurgent threats on the Syrian and Iraqi borders, a US official with knowledge of the deal said.
Activists Call to Rebuild Third Temple on Tisha B'Av
On Tisha B'Av this Sunday, a fast day mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temple, Jewish activists plan to protest against the discrimination against Jews on the Temple Mount and the impunity given to Arab terror-supporters on the holy site, in a call to build the Third Temple.

Inside the United States
Obama Shielding 80 Percent of Nation's Illegals From Deportation
President Obama's executive actions on immigration shield more than 80 percent of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country from any danger of being deported, a top immigration think tank reported Thursday.
FBI Director: Islamic State now a bigger threat than al Qaeda
According to FBI Director James Comey, U.S. military strikes have diminished the threat posed by the al Qaeda offshoot Khorasan Group, but the Islamic State still poses a significant threat.
House OKs bill to crack down on 'sanctuary cities,' White House threatens veto
The House approved legislation Thursday to punish so-called "sanctuary cities" for failing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, in the first congressional response to a brazen murder earlier this month in San Francisco allegedly committed by an illegal immigrant.
Entire US national security system possibly compromised by year-long cyber-assault
The prolonged hacking into the White House Office of Personnel Management, which put the personal information of at least some 21.5 million past and current federal employees in jeopardy, is only the beginning of the security threat to the Obama Administration and its successors, a number of top-level experts in cybersecurity have told Fox News. The attack has been frequently sourced as coming from China.
US Republicans, pro-Israel groups step up campaign against Iran deal
Top Republicans vowed Wednesday to do their utmost to scrap President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran as the biggest pro-Israel lobby prepared for an all-out campaign to pressure wary lawmakers into rejecting the agreement.
Senator to Kerry on Iran deal: 'We've been fleeced'
The United States never intended to dismantle Iran's entire nuclear program and the nation's top diplomat never promised 'anytime, anywhere inspections,' Secretary of State John Kerry told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing Thursday morning. Dismissing talk of a better deal to thwart Iran's nuclear program as a 'fantasy' involving 'some sort of unicorn arrangement involving Iran's complete capitulation,' the secretary was met by several highly skeptical critics, one of whom told him Iran had 'fleeced' the US in the negotiations.
Pelosi: Investigate makers of Planned Parenthood video
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is calling for an investigation into the group behind two undercover videos featuring top Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal tissue donations.
At least 3 dead after gunman opens fire at Lafayette, La. movie theater
A gunman killed two people and injured seven others late Thursday when he opened fire in a Lafayette, La. movie theater before turning the gun on himself, the city's police chief said.
Iran executions see 'unprecedented spike' - Amnesty
There has been an 'unprecedented spike' in the number of executions in Iran, Amnesty International has warned.
US weekly jobless claims total 255,523f7c vs 285,523f7c est, lowest level since 1973
The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits last week fell to its lowest level in more than 41-1/2 years, suggesting job growth remained solid despite slowing in June.

Christian News
What? Evangelicals Come Against Franklin Graham's Views on Islam
The elder Graham stayed out of politics, but the once-prodigal son is known for his bold commentary. Some of his fellow evangelicals are up in arms over these comments from Billy Graham's son.

Prophecy News Watch - July 23, 2015

Around the World
These Superhumans Are Real and Their DNA Could Be Worth Billions
Steven Pete can put his hand on a hot stove or step on a piece of glass and not feel a thing, all because of a quirk in his genes. Only a few dozen people in the world share Pete's congenital insensitivity to pain. Drug companies see riches in his rare mutation. They also have their eye on people like Timothy Dreyer, 25, who has bones so dense he could walk away from accidents that would leave others with broken limbs. About 100 people have sclerosteosis, Dreyer's condition.
White House 'Satisfied' with Secret Iran Side Deal
White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Wednesday that the administration is well aware of an unpublished side deal that Iran negotiated with the International Atomic Energy Agency and is "satisfied" with the result.
Greece approves fresh reforms, clearing way for new bailout talks
Greece's radical left-led government emerged bloodied but alive early Thursday from a key vote in parliament, which overwhelmingly approved new creditor-demanded reforms despite a revolt among hardliners in the main coalition partner.
Russian Bombers Flew Within 40 Miles of N. California Coast
Two Russian nuclear bombers flew within 40 miles of the California coast and one of the pilots relayed a veiled threat during the Fourth of July aerial incident, defense officials said.
China Beefing Up Its Anti-Submarine Warfare Capabilities
China is plugging the gap in its anti-submarine warfare in order to protect 'the first island chain' where many of its naval and mainland targets are located, Stratfor reports.
Fukushima No. 1 still has 7,523f7c tons of problematic toxic water to be removed
Some 7,523f7c tons of radioactive water at risk of leaking into the ground still has to be removed from underground tunnels and other locations at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
Report: China to Build Two More Nuclear Plants in Iran Following Landmark Deal
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, announced on Wednesday that China will likely construct two new nuclear power plants in the country, Iran's semi-official state news agency Fars reported.
Eruptions of Ash at 5 Volcanoes Shroud Skies in Indonesia
Eruptions of ash at five volcanoes shrouded the skies over parts of the Indonesian archipelago Wednesday, forcing three airports to close.
Islamic State launches chemical weapons: How great is the threat?
Confirmation from two reputable organizations this week that the Islamic State used chemical weapons against Kurds in Iraq offers clues into the group's capabilities and intentions.
Study: Irregular Sleeping Patterns Linked To Cancer
Poor sleeping patterns could be a contributing factor to cancer, a new test on mice suggests.
Car Bomb Explodes at Popular Market in Baghdad
A car bomb exploded Wednesday at a crowded popular market in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, killing at least 18 people, authorities said.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Abbas Counting on EU to Pave Way for Resumption of Stalled Peace Process
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he was pinning hopes on the EU and members of the Quartet to pave the way for the resumption of the stalled peace process.
Sanhedrin Calls Obama to Trial on Mt. Zion
A re-established and self declared Israeli Sanhedrin is calling US President Barack Obama to trial for what it says are 'criminal offenses' against the Jewish people following the passage of the Iran nuclear deal.
Khamenei propaganda video says nuclear deal doesn't ensure Israel's security
A video threatening that the safety of Israel will not be ensured despite the nuclear deal signed between world powers and Tehran last week was released on the official YouTube page of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollal Ali Khamenei this week.
After labeling goods, EU think tank sets sights on Israeli banks
The European Union agreed this week to push ahead with labeling Israeli goods made in settlements in the West Bank, a move that has alarmed the Israeli government; but now there are proposals to go much further, including targeting Israeli banks.
Deal boosts Iran terror threat on Israel's doorstep, top diplomat warns
Israel anticipates a 'major escalation' of Iranian-backed terror attacks on its borders as a direct result of the nuclear agreement the US and five additional world powers struck with Tehran, Foreign Ministry's director-general Dore Gold said Wednesday evening.
Over 900 settlement units to be okayed, for first time in year
Israeli officials will announce Thursday the approval for 906 housing units in the West Bank, marking the first public announcement of settlement expansion by the Israeli government in more than a year.

Inside the United States
Obama Admin Plans More Executive Action on Immigration
The Obama administration is moving forward with plans to expand a waiver program that will allow additional illegal aliens to remain in the country rather than apply for legal status from abroad.
IRS Used Donor Lists to Target Conservatives for Audits
A request made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the investigative group Judicial Watch reveals that the Internal Revenue Service used donor lists of tax-exempt organizations to target them for audits.
IAEA Tells Congressmen of Two Secret Side Deals to Iran Agreement That Won't Be Shared with Congress
Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) issued a press release yesterday on a startling discovery they made during a July 17 meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency officials in Vienna: There are two secret side deals to the nuclear agreement with Iran that will not be shared with other nations, with Congress, or with the U.S. public.
Kerry to House: No vote means war against Iran
Secretary of State John Kerry told a packed meeting of skeptical House lawmakers on Wednesday that a vote against the Iran nuclear deal would be a vote to 'go to war,' according to members leaving the meeting.
Seattle sees fallout from $15 minimum wage, as other cities follow suit
Seattle's $15 minimum wage law is supposed to lift workers out of poverty and move them off public assistance. But there may be a hitch in the plan.
Boehner vows fight to scuttle Iran nuclear deal
House Speaker John Boehner vowed Wednesday to do 'everything possible' to stop the newly struck Iran nuclear deal, as Congress formally begins consideration of the hard-fought pact.
Thousands Of Protesters Rally In Times Square Against Iran Nuclear Deal
Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Times Square Wednesday evening in protest over the recent landmark nuclear deal with Iran.

Christian News
Mexico: Protestant Converts Released from Prison
Two converts to Protestantism who had been imprisoned at the municipal capital of San Juan Chamula in Chiapas State since July 7 have now been released.
Asia Bibi could walk free after execution stayed
Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi has had her execution temporarily suspended by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and could now be fully acquitted of her blasphemy charges.
NY Times: Christians Facing Annihilation in Middle East
The Islamic State is using the early history of Christianity to legitimize its violent efforts to eradicate Christians and other minorities in seeking to solidify its caliphate in the Middle East.
Christian Asylum Seekers Hounded Out of Immigrant Housing by Muslim Residents
A group of Christian asylum seekers in Sweden were subjected to bullying tactics by Muslim neighbours for wearing the symbol of the cross.

Prophecy News Watch - July 22, 2015

Around the World
Russia-US Political Crisis May Intensify Further With Kremlin Testing New Heavy Intercontinental Missile In Two Years
Russia is working on the third stage of developing and designing the Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile. An official said the tests are expected to start in 18 to 24 months.
Nuclear Arms Race: Saudi Source Reveals Plan for the Bomb
One likely Saudi Arabian response to the deal its biggest enemy Iran has struck with world powers is to accelerate its own nuclear power plans, creating an atomic infrastructure it could, one day, seek to weaponize.
World Breaks Temperature Record as Climate Summit Nears
Earth warmed to a record in the first half of the year, putting new pressure on nations from the U.S. to China to try to curb climate change at a United Nations summit in Paris this December.
Father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb says deal may have saved Iran from disaster
Dr. A.Q. Khan, known as the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb and a widely suspected supplier of nuclear technology to Iran and North Korea, told Fox News Tuesday that the Islamic republic's recent nuclear deal with the United States and its negotiating partners may have saved Iran from disaster, either in the form of an internal coup or external attack.
Obama calls for release of Americans held in Iran, after nuke deal omitted them
President Obama called Tuesday for the release of Americans held in Iran, individually naming them during a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention -- a week after his diplomatic team helped strike a nuclear accord with Iran that did not secure the prisoners' freedom.
Greek MPs prepare for second vote on bailout reforms
The Greek parliament will vote on Wednesday on a second set of reforms needed to secure its bailout deal.
Al Qaeda Operative, Khorasan Leader Confirmed Killed in Airstrike
U.S. officials confirmed Tuesday that a senior al Qaeda operative responsible for training recruits to attack the West was killed in an American airstrike in Syria, according to the Associated Press.
North Korea reportedly modifying missile facility for possible new launch
North Korea is erecting a taller launch tower at its long-range missile facility ahead of a possible rocket launch later this year, according to a report published Wednesday.
More new and 'disturbing' things about the Iran deal
Secretary John Kerry finds 'very disturbing' a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei 'vowing to defy American policies in the region' despite Kerry's diplomatic handiwork. 'It's very disturbing. It's very troubling.' Yikes! One wonders if he never considered that he was taken for a ride, that the Supreme Leader -- not the skilled negotiators -- hold the real reins of power and intend to exploit the West's credulity to Iran's advantage.
Egypt: 'Dozens detained secretly' by security forces
Dozens of people in Egypt have apparently disappeared after being detained secretly by security forces, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned.
US imposes sanctions on Hezbollah officials for Syria involvement
The US government imposed sanctions on Tuesday on three leaders of the terror group Hezbollah and a businessman in Lebanon, saying they are key players in the group's military operations in Syria.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Netanyahu Continues Slamming Iran Deal in Meeting with US Secretary of Defense
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case against the Iran nuclear deal to visiting US Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Tuesday, telling him it poses a grave threat to Israel, the region and the world.
Iran nuclear deal opens window for Israel to join new Mideast order
The former head of Israel's vaunted intelligence agency Mossad said on Sunday that the nuclear deal struck between Iran and Western powers offers Jerusalem an opening to join 'a new Middle Eastern order.'

Inside the United States
Taxpayers fork over $1.5 billion in Obamacare penalties
Obamacare's individual mandate generated about $1.5 billion from about 7.5 million people during its first year in existence.
Planned Parenthood Defector says Loophole Lets Clinics Profit from Fetal Organ Sales
Abby Johnson, a former clinic director for Planned Parenthood, describes a legal loophole that to allow abortion clinics and processing companies enormous latitude in setting enormous latitude in setting reimbursement charges for fetal hearts, lungs and other organs.
Planned Parenthood: We Got $528.4 Million in Taxpayer Funds in One Year
Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, received $528.4 million in taxpayer funding, according to its 2013-2014 annual report, which runs from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
Obama to Jon Stewart: IRS never targeted conservatives
President Obama in a taped appearance with the Daily's Shows Jon Stewart Tuesday denied that IRS targeted conservatives, an assertion that Stewart then appeared to ridicule him for making.
Senators say documents missing from Iran deal
Two key documents are missing from the Iran nuclear deal submitted to Congress, and the two leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee want the Obama administration to hand them over, Chairman Bob Corker said Tuesday.
Report: 3 Million More Children in Poverty Under Obama
The poverty rate for children in America has risen 22 percent under the Obama presidency -- a total of 3 million more, according to the 2015 'Kids Count' report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Army chief Odierno, in exit interview, says US could have 'prevented' ISIS rise
The Army's top officer told Fox News Tuesday it's 'frustrating' to watch the gains he helped achieve in Iraq disintegrate at the hands of the Islamic State, saying in an exit interview that the chaos now unfolding 'might have been prevented' had the U.S. stayed more engaged.
Poll: Most Americans don't believe Iran will uphold nuke deal
A majority of Americans have little or no confidence the Iranians will uphold their end of the new nuclear agreement while close to half generally disapproved of the controversial accord, according to a new survey.
British charge Muslim man in plot against U.S. military, trying to join ISIS
A Muslim delivery driver used his rides to scout the largest U.S. air base in Britain, all the while planning to run over an American serviceman, kill him with a knife and detonate a suicide vest, according to UK prosecutor Mark Dawson.
Ariz. Governor Moves to Ban Illegal Sale of Aborted Fetus Parts
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered state health officials to immediately put into effect 'emergency rules' to ban the illegal sale of tissue from aborted fetuses.

Christian News
UK is denying refuge to Christians fleeing Isil, say church leaders
Church leaders have accused David Cameron of 'turning his back' on Christians facing genocide in Syria and Iraq by failing to offer them refuge in the UK.
Two Protestant churches torched, possibly in retaliation for the burning of mosque in Papua
A new wave of sectarian violence is sweeping Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation. In the recent past, the country has been the scene of a rising Islamist tide that has induced many Indonesians to join the Islamic State group.
ISIS Plants Land Mines In Christian Civilian Homes, Ancient Ruins Across Iraq, Syria
When Fatima returned to her home in Khabur in northeastern Syria last week, she found herself eye level with a sign that read, 'Property of the Islamic State.' The militant group was pushed out of the Assyrian Christian-majority town by Kurdish and Syrian militias last month, but returning residents have been greeted with grim reminders of its recent occupation.
Christians Rally in Alabama After Atheists Force Removal of Christian Flag by Threatening Legal Action
Over 500 Christians rallied in support of religious freedom in Alabama on Saturday after a Christian flag that once flew over a local police department was forcibly removed amid threats of legal action from the nation's largest atheist organization.
Mississippi School District Fined Over $7,500 for 'Proselytizing Christianity' After Minister Prays at Event
A U.S. Federal District Court has fined Mississippi's third largest public school district $7,500 after a minister opened up a districtwide honors assembly with a prayer invocation, an act that violated a 2013 court settlement that ordered the district to stop 'proselytizing Christianity.'

Prophecy News Watch - July 21, 2015

Around the World
Iran: 'We Will Trample Upon America'
A senior Iranian cleric delivered Friday prayers in Tehran while standing behind a podium that declared, "We Will Trample Upon America," according to photos released by Iran's state-controlled media.
Nuclear deal will see powers 'help Iran protect facilities'
One of the clauses in the nuclear deal reached between world powers and Iran last week guarantees that the world powers will assist Iran in thwarting attempts to undermine its nuclear program.
Russia and Iran sign military cooperation agreement
Iran and Russia have signed a military cooperation pact, the official TASS Russian news agency reported on Tuesday.
Saudi Prince Threatens 'Military Action Without American Support' Against Iran
Saudi Arabia and the Gulf powers are prepared to take military action without American support after the Iran nuclear deal, a former Saudi intelligence chief has warned.
U.N. Endorses Iran Nuclear Deal
The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously endorsed the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers and authorized a series of measures leading to the end of U.N. sanctions that have hurt Iran's economy.
China Building Mega-City Around Beijing Six Times Bigger Than NYC
China is planning a new megalopolis that would be about the size of Kansas with a population six times larger than that of the New York metropolitan area.
Iran defense chief forbids international inspections of military sites
Iran's defense minister on Monday said Tehran would not allow international inspectors to enter the Islamic Republic's military sites, in comments that appear at odds with the terms of a landmark nuclear deal struck with world powers last week.
Iran says UN can't ban ballistic missiles under nuke deal
Iran said its ballistic missile program was not connected to the UN Security Council resolution adopted Monday, which endorses its July 14 nuclear accord with world powers.
Maneuvering Russian Satellite Has Everyone's Attention
A Russian military satellite launched in March has made at least 11 close approaches to the rocket upper stage that released it into orbit, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Air Force.
Ex-IAEA Leader: 24-Day Inspection Delay Will Boost Iranian Nuclear Cheating
Allowing Iran to delay inspections of suspect nuclear sites for up to 24 days will facilitate cheating by Tehran on the nuclear deal reached in Vienna, according to the former deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency who dealt with past Iranian nuclear cheating.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Execution Videos by ISIS Are Now Banned
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has banned any more execution videos by the Islamic State, but the orders reportedly have created a division with the organization's ranks.
El Nino intensifying, could rival strongest in recorded history
The presence of a strong El Nino almost ensures that 2015 will become the warmest on record for Earth and will have ripple effects on weather patterns all over the world.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Senior defense source: IDF preparing for possible covert Iranian nuclear production
The IDF is seeking government commitment to a multi-year defense spending plan - a commitment that has been absent for the past several years - as it prepares to deal with the possibility of a covert Iranian attempt to break through to nuclear weapons production.
EU to Israel: Halt forced population transfers
The foreign ministers of the European Union on Monday discussed a new plan to push Israeli-Palestinian peace, and did not hold back on listing what they perceived to be obstacles to peace, including what they termed 'forced transfers', settlements, and the building of the 'separation barrier' beyond the green line.
Israel inks deal for $1b. solar power plant
Israel has signed a deal to build a multi-megawatt, thermo-solar power plant in the country's southern Negev desert as part of a national goal to increase the use of renewable energy sources.
Hamas Executes Commander Over Providing Israel with Intelligence on Muhammad Deif
Hamas has executed one of the commanders of its military arm who was charged with informing the Israelis of the location of its 'chief-of-staff,' Mohammad Deif, during Operation Protective Edge last year, Israeli Channel 2 News Online reported on Monday.

Inside the United States
Fed Lifts Capital Requirements for Banks
The Federal Reserve sent a message to the largest U.S. financial firms: Staying big is going to cost you, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Collapsed California bridge earned 'A' rating just last year
A 48-year-old bridge that collapsed Sunday in a rain-swollen California desert earned an 'A' rating just last year, federal records show.
Puerto Rico on the Brink Owes Investors $5 Billion in Next Year
Puerto Rico faces $5.4 billion of bond payments over the next 12 months, showing the pressure on the Caribbean island as it moves closer toward defaulting on its debt.
House aims to punish sanctuary cities, force cooperation by withholding federal funds
The House will vote this week on legislation to punish sanctuary cities such as San Francisco, moving quickly to force the Obama administration to take action as victims of crime linked to illegal immigrants come forward to tell their stories.
White House set to lobby House Democrats on Iran deal
Three senior Obama administration officials will speak to House Democrats this week in an effort to secure their support for the nuclear agreement with Iran and head off attempts to scuttle the deal.
Pope Francis leading the new American (Socialist) Revolution
Yes, Pope Francis is encouraging civil disobedience, leading a rebellion. Listen closely, Francis knows he's inciting political rebellion, an uprising of the masses against the world's superrich capitalists. And yet, right-wing conservatives remain in denial, tuning out the pope's message, hoping he'll just go away like the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement did.
California Gets 'Super Historic' July Rainfall Thanks to Former Hurricane Dolores
Dolores' path west of Baja California has sent a surge of deep tropical moisture up the Gulf of California into parts of the Desert Southwest.
Lockheed Martin to buy Sikorsky Aircraft for $9 billion
Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon's largest arms supplier, reported a better-than-expected 4.5 percent rise in quarterly profit and said it could spin off or sell its government IT and technical services businesses.

Christian News
Pakistan: Last Appeal for Christian Mom Sentenced to Death
A Christian mother sentenced to death in Pakistan for allegedly committing blasphemy will be given one last appeal by Pakistan's court system to avoid execution.
Iran: Two Christians Recalled to Jail
Two Iranian Christians have been sent to serve the prison sentences they received in 2013.
Nigeria: Church Saved from Bomb
Mass murder in Plateau State was narrowly averted July 12 after a security guard spotted a bomb at a church's entrance and threw it away just before it exploded.
Christian Unity: Poles Provide Refuge for Syrian Christians
Individual efforts of mainly Protestant groups in Poland have opened the door for Christians fleeing the war and bloodshed in Syria.
Oldest Bible Text Since Dead Sea Scrolls Discovered
Israeli archaeologists said on Monday they had discerned biblical writing on a charred 1,500-year-old parchment with the help of digital imaging and described the text as the oldest found since the Dead Sea Scrolls.